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Strawberry Hill |Courtesy of Strawberry Hill Hotel
Strawberry Hill |Courtesy of Strawberry Hill Hotel

Places to Stay During Your Visit to Jamaica's Blue Mountain Peak

Picture of Sheri-kae McLeod
Freelance Caribbean Writer
Updated: 13 November 2017

Blue Mountain Peak is the highest mountain in Jamaica, dominating the eastern third of the island, and one of the highest peaks in the Caribbean. The mountain is the home of the world-famous Blue Mountain coffee and the most popular place in Jamaica for hiking and camping. Locals and guests also have the option of staying at one of the local resorts at the Blue Mountains, where they can be surrounded by nature and be away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby towns. Here are a few of the nearby inns and resorts at the Blue Mountain peak.

Serendipity Holistic Resort

Serendipity, in Irish Town, is one of the most relaxing resorts on the eastern side of Jamaica. Its eco-friendly cabins are nestled among the trees in the Blue Mountains, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. The resort features holistic therapies, yoga sessions, and rejuvenating spa treatments. The Sweet Stone Grille & Bar serves excellent meals and most of the cabins have a kitchenette for those who want to prepare their own food. There is also a hot tub, waterfall, and petting zoo on the property to add to the holistic experience.

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Serendipity |Courtesy of Serendipity Holistic Resort

Strawberry Hill Resort

Strawberry Hill, a luxury resort in Irish Town, is one of the most popular in Kingston. The resort sits 3,100 feet above sea level in the Blue Mountain and offers a wonderful view of Kingston. Strawberry Hill was originally a coffee plantation in the 18th century and was later purchased and developed by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. The resort features 19th-century Georgian-style cottages which hold amazing artwork for local artists. Strawberry Hill is known widely in Jamaica for their extravagant Sunday brunch.

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Strawberry Hill |Courtesy Strawberry Hill Hotel

Whitfield Hall

Located in St. Thomas, at the 4,000-foot elevation on the main trail to Blue Mountain Peak, you will find Whitfield Hall. This hostel-like accommodation primarily caters to hikers and campers. It is located directly on the road to Penlyne Castle so it’s the perfect post for a base camp. Whitfield Hall is a working coffee plantation dating back to 1776, the last inhabited house from the colonial period.

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Whitfield Hall |Courtesy of Jamaica Experiences

Starlight Chalet & Health Spa

At 5,000 feet above sea level, the heights of the resort might be a bit scary, but the view is totally worth it. The surroundings of the Starlight Chalet, located at Silver Hill Gap, are lush and this peaceful place is the perfect spot to launch your hiking trips to waterfalls, the Blue and John Crow mountains, and enjoy bird-watching. Spa services are available on site and there is a restaurant that offers Jamaican cuisine.

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Balcony at Starlight Chalet |Courtesy of Starlight Chalet

Heritage Gardens at Cold Spring

Heritage Gardens at Cold Spring is located in the foothills of the Blue Mountain hills below Catherine’s Peak, about 3,000 feet above sea level. The historic property was built in 1746 as a coffee plantation by an Irish Admiral. The charming cottage can sleep a group of six people and is the perfect spot to view Kingston and the harbor.

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Heritage Gardens |Courtesy of Heritage Gardens Jamaica